It seems that anybody and everybody can sue everybody else for personal injury for almost anything in the US. This is because US tort laws are well developed in the country, designed to protect its citizens from wrongful acts of third parties. However, even though there are a huge number of personal injury lawsuits filed, most of them are dismissed or do not prosper in favor of the plaintiff. Some because the case has not merit, but quite a few because the case was not properly prepared or presented. This is why choosing the right personal injury lawyer is so important.
Do an online search for personal injury lawyers Delaware and you will be presented with more than a million results. The choices can be overwhelming, and it can be fatally easy to make the wrong one. Many law firms will assert this and promise that, but it all boils down to one thing: expertise.
According to the website of Morris James LLP, personal injury law is complicated even when applied to a straightforward case where there is glaring evidence of negligence by a distinct third party; more so when the case is complicated with multiple defendants. There is also the problem of state-specific laws; not all lawyers will be as cognizant of the finer points of the law as they should be for maximum effectiveness in representation.
When choosing the right personal injury lawyer, you will want to check on how good the lawyer is. You can usually do this by looking into the type of cases they have handled, the outcome of these cases, and the qualifications of the lawyer.
When choosing a personal injury lawyer, don’t get carried away by the hype. Look at the track record and the cases they handle, and determine if they will be a right fit for you by scheduling an initial consultation. This is often for free and carries no commitments.Read More
Any state court judge can grant probation to a defendant in a criminal case except where expressly forbidden in Florida statutes, such as cases punishable by death. When you are given probation, the assumption is that close supervision is all that is warranted, and provided that the defendant follows the terms of the probation within the prescribed period, the sentence is considered served.
However, violating probation may then subject the defendant to the maximum jail time that would have been in force at the time of sentencing or whatever punishment the court decides is appropriate. This is bad, but a competent Fort Walton Beach criminal defense lawyer can help improve the outcome depending on the facts of the violation.
There are two major types of violations for probation, substantive and technical. In general, substantive violations are when the defendant commits another new crime on top of the one for which the defendant was placed in probation for. A technical violation is when the probationer fails to fulfill one or more court-ordered terms of the probation such as failing to complete a mandatory rehabilitation program (drug or alcohol), or failing to inform the probation officer of a change of address.
Under Florida law, the court has discretionary powers when it comes to sanctions for probation violations, and the judge may consider extenuating circumstances for say failing to report to the probation officer at the designated intervals i.e. seriously injured in an accident. But whatever the reason, it is a serious matter that needs to be addressed with the help of a skilled criminal defense lawyer.
Failing to give it the importance it deserves can result in major problems that will be difficult, if not impossible to rectify. If you are charged with violating your probation, engage the services of a criminal defense lawyer in your area to make sure that your rights are protected, especially if the charge is false or misplaced.Read More
Being weighed down by debts is a stressful and worry-filled life to live. Major changes in one’s financial situation due to the economy, which greatly affects his/her financial circumstances, can only result to unpaid bills that continue to accrue interests. Despite that fact that no individual can lose his/her rights as a consumer, failure to pay bills (for at least six months) will render the amount owed as bad debt and the debtor, incurring negative credit.
Consulting with a highly-qualified bankruptcy lawyer when things go financially out of hand would be one advisable move. He or she will inform you of the different legal solutions that will help solve your financial woes, whether as an individual or a business owner. Your lawyer may advise you to file for debt settlement, which can render all of your debts or a part of these forgiven and erased by your creditor/s. Or you may be advised to file for bankruptcy, which may also erase some debts, allow you to liquidate your assets/properties to pay these off or which may give you enough time (three to five years) to pay your creditors.
Whatever you will be wisely advised to file for, here are some of the advantages or disadvantages of these options:
Debt Settlement: you will still have to pay your debts, but which has already been reduced to more than half (sometimes, debts are forgiven altogether). The advantages of debt settlement include:
The disadvantages associated with debt settlement include:
Bankruptcy, on the other hand, is a legal declaration of the incapability to pay debts, personal or business loans. Filing for bankruptcy will, like debt settlement, also stop creditors from further attempting payment collections or filing lawsuits to have control over your properties, have your salary garnished or levy your bank account. This also means end of calls and notices from law firms, which are intended to harass you until you decide to pay.
There are different chapters of the bankruptcy law, each designed according to a debtor’s financial situation. These include:
The growing number of domestic violence cases in the state prompted Texas lawmakers to pass a bill that would track repeat offenders and make it available online.
The Domestic Violence Registry, presented as House Bill 21 to the Texas House of Representatives and co-authored by State Representatives Jason Villalba and Trey Martinez Fischer, has passed muster. While it may be too late for thrice-victimized family members, the registry will be a valuable resource for people who may be considering becoming involved with these offenders once it is enacted.
Domestic violence is perhaps one of the most disturbing of all offenses, because it involves inflicting pain and suffering on family members. According to the website of the BB Law Group PLLC, victims of domestic violence are primarily spouses, but children also fall prey to abusive family members. Domestic violence is defined in the Texas Family Code Section 71.004 as the threat or actual inflicting of bodily injury, physical harm, sexual assault or assault on a member of the household. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in excess of 177,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in 2011. Of these 40% was directed at a spouse, 16% against a child, and 44% against other members of the household.
The registry may also be a convincing piece of evidence against the offending spouse in child custody, spousal support and protective order issues in divorce cases. It is essential that access of the offender to children in a divorce is restricted. Moreover, victims of domestic violence are dependent on the offender for their financial support, so the process of divorce would present a hardship for the family. Judges consider the fact of domestic violence in their awarding of spousal support.
Divorce cases involving domestic violence are extremely complex; there are many legal considerations when settling major issues such as child custody and spousal support in Texas. Consult with a domestic violence lawyer specializing in divorce cases to increase the chances of getting a fair and just divorce settlement.Read More
Compiling statistics on car accidents is a way of keeping track of whatever progress (or lack of) there is in improving road and driving safety in a particular at a specific time. For example, it can be deduced that there is no statistical difference in road safety between 2011 and 2012 because there was only 2.54% more crashes in 2012 than 2011, but it also meant that 11 more people are no longer walking around.
Statistics also show that a significantly higher number of persons were injured in 2012 compared to 2011 by 5.7% but that fewer people had a blood alcohol content (BAC) equal to or greater than .08 (3.95% decrease), and fewer people were killed from DUI car accidents (decrease of 6.53%). However, more people were injured in DUI car accidents (increase of 7.25%) and 1.98% more were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of which more than 75% male. The average BAC for those convicted of DUI was 0.1397 or approaching double the legal limit.
What do these numbers mean? Prospects of improved road safety are not good for a variety of reasons, although there seems to be some impact of the DUI awareness programs. Even though fewer people were killed, more people were injured, and the medical costs average to about $65,000 for each person involved in a crash.
Car accidents, whether fatal or resulting in injury, take a toll on everyone involved. Those who survive DUI or speeding car accidents but are seriously injured often find that their lives will never be the same again. They are not only faced with financial problems but also physical and emotional damages and scars. If this happens to you, it is important to document what you can at the scene of the accident, including taking down statements and taking photos. These will be all-important if you ever file a personal injury claim. If the at-fault driver is proven to have been negligent through DUI or reckless driving, you should contact a competent Orange County lawyer to attempt to get the compensation you need for your injuries from the individual or individuals responsible for your car accident.Read More
It can be both difficult and frustrating to bring an action against a negligent motorist. The laws in some states are more restrictive than others to the plaintiffs, mostly because there are states that make use of a pure contributory negligence rule when determining if a plaintiff is or is not eligible for compensatory damages in cases of bicycle accidents.
Much like pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents can happen out of the blue, and even if a car is not speeding, the damage can be devastating. The average number of people admitted for injuries due to bicycle accidents in the US a year is 500,000, and that is 2010, 618 people died. It is entirely possible that some bicycle accidents are partly the fault of the bicyclist, but in most cases the driver is mostly responsible. However, mostly responsible will not cut it.
Under the pure contributory negligence rule, if the plaintiff is in any way responsible for the accident, even to the smallest degree (1%), recovery of damages will not be happen. Some states have laws that require the plaintiff be completely fault-free, something that can be difficult to prove without the proper documentation such as witness accounts and maybe closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, if available.
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, but Massachusetts personal injury lawyers can navigate the complex shoals of the tort claim legal process. If you have sustained injuries or a family member died as a result of a bicycle accident, don’t attempt to file the case on your own. Have competent legal representation on your side; there are usually no up front fees for the good lawyers in the area, and the contingent fee is normally 20% of the award. Additionally, the knowledge of a trained and certified lawyer can do a lot to build a successful case that has better chances of reaching the stage where an award can be won.Read More
When you get injured on the job through an accident or from other work-related reason and you are incapable of going back to work immediately, it can make it hard to make ends meet. That is why the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) was formed to oversee the ordering and dispensing of benefits for injured workers. However, it may not be a simple matter at all, especially in Virginia.
Virginia is particularly employer-friendly, and any claims made to the VWC for workers, whether for workers’ compensation or personal injury tends to be favorable to the employer. In fact, under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer is immune from personal injury claims except in rare cases when an employee receives workers’ compensation benefits. There are also many pitfalls and rules that can derail a claim before it can even get started. It is therefore important that any VWC claim is handled by a lawyer who has a deep knowledge and wide experience with the laws governing workers’ compensation.
When it comes to workers’ compensation, Virginia puts a limit to how long (500 weeks) that an employee can claim benefits except in cases of total and permanent disability which will keep the injured worker from returning to work at all. These benefits, most particularly the weekly payments are computed based on the worker’s earning capacity within the previous 52 weeks, and is typically 66 2/3 %, not exceeding 100% and not lower than 25%. Exceptions are made for AmeriCorps members and Food Stamp Employment and Training Program participants, which are not eligible for workers’ compensation at all. More recently, maritime employees are also barred from claiming workers’ compensation from the VWC.
Again, the process is not as simple as it seems. There are certain conditions under which a worker can claim more benefits under the VWC, under another federal or state program, or through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Computing for the maximum compensation an injured worker in Virginia requires extensive knowledge about workers’ compensation laws. Since reputable injury law firms require no upfront fees and pass through the VWC to approve contingent fees, an injured worker will have nothing to lose and everything to gain by engaging a good lawyer to file for VWC claims.Read More